Communication Notebook

If you want to change the way people think, you can educate them, brainwash them, bribe them, drug them. Or you can teach them a few carefully chosen new words with the power to change the way you see the world (or as the Germans would say, these words might warp your Weltanschauung). – Howard …

Many Roads to Peace

lapaz by Harrison Owen Every moment of the day provides an opportunity to create the conditions for Peace. For Peacemaking is not that special activity undertaken only in those moments of intense and violent conflict. Indeed, when we reach such moments, that is a clear indication that we have not been doing our daily jobs …

Colibri Ecotourism Award

As part of the global celebration of World Environment Day, Planeta.com presented theColibri Ecotourism Award from 2000-2010. Currently we’re focusing efforts on staying in contact with Colibri winners via the social web. ‘Colibri’ means ‘hummingbird’ in Spanish. Winners include Steve Bridger, Gerhard Buttner, Hector Ceballos-Lascurain,Jorge Chàvez de la Peña, Fernando Garcia Aguinaco, Verena Gerber, Marlene Ehrenberg, Juan …

Tourism, Crisis and Communication

When a crisis affects a particular place, it is rarely presented in a way that provides updated information for visitors. Many tourism businesses, not to mention regional and national ministries, are reluctant to announce problems. Scaremongering media kicks in and things go from bad to worse. The consequence for not engaging the public in dialogue …

Ethics Notebook

bananas Treat others the way they would like to be treated. – Platinum Rule It seems to me that if we can imagine the injustice, then we can imagine its opposite. – Paul Keating, (sampled in From little things big things grow) Virtus sola nobilitas (virtue is the only nobility) – Sir Charles Nicholson All …

Desert Notebook

It is the rare storm that penetrates the Sonoran Desert. What litle precipitation does fall comes as a rule from December to March as gentle rains from Pacific weather disturbances, or in late July and August as violent thunderstorms. – John Alcock, Sonoran Desert Spring The humans who confronted the Pima and the Papago in …

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INDEX: Communication – Cat Herding – Development AND Promotion –Certification – Financing – Continuity –Fatalism – Language – Seat Warmers –Small is beautiful – Politics – On the road again – Only the lonely – Greed–Centralization – Security – Fizzle – Myths   Good news! Today’s travelers are increasingly seeking ways of visiting places and …